[sf-lug] getting tired of Silverlight...

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Tue Jan 20 20:29:50 PST 2009

On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 6:11 PM, Paul Ward <dssstrkl at gmail.com> wrote:
> I didn't notice any silverlight content on whitehouse.gov or really any
> flash beyond YouTube videos. In fact, whitehouse.gov seems to be very W3C
> compliant and dropped the list of proscribed entries on the robots.txt file
> from 2400 to two.

I concur. I took a look at the site as well.

> CNN isn't under the control of the White House, and isn't really all that
> interested in openness or total access ie if windows and mac users can use
> it, that's good enough.

I'd imagine the proponents of Silverlight must have thought, what a
great way to get people to install our plug-ins! In some ways its just
like installing Adobe's Flash. Some give in, while others don't. Its
just that for Flash, there is an alternative, but for Silverlight,
unless you add ppa repos for Ubuntu (don't know about other distros)
it simply loops into a "Not supported" page.


> Paul Ward
> Sent from my iPhone
> (So please excuse any terseness or typos)
> On Jan 20, 2009, at 5:55 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM, Christian Einfeldt <einfeldt at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> hi,
>>> On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 4:25 PM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
>>>> Hi everybody,
>>>> I am quite honestly getting tired of Microsoft's Silverlight.
>>> I just boycott sites using Silverlight.  Adobe Flash is not that much
>>> better, but at least they are making their stuff available for the
>>> GNU-Linux
>>> community.  Microsoft, of course, repeatedly states in their annual 10-k
>>> SEC
>>> filings that open source software hurts their revenues, and, by
>>> implication,
>>> that they are doing all they can to stop it.
>>> There is so much content out there that can be viewed in Adobe Flash on
>>> Linux, so why do I need to bother with Silverlight?  I don't and won't.
>>> Obviously, YMMV.
>> Evidently, I'm not the only one.
>> http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=3302
>> Then there is the question of why should the Office of the President
>> of the United States of America use a system that limits access to
>> certain types of platforms only.
>> Sameer
>> --
>> Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
>> Associate Professor of Information Systems
>> San Francisco State University
>> San Francisco CA 94132 USA
>> http://verma.sfsu.edu/
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